Become an Ambassador

Would you like to help others enjoy the full power of persistent identifiers?  Then join the THOR ambassador programme today!

What’s involved?


  • Helping your community adopt PIDs, including ORCIDs and DOIs
  • Staying up to date with the latest developments in identifier infrastructure
  • Publicising PID use through blog posts, social media, conferences and more
  • Sharing your experiences with the wider community and encouraging others to get involved
  • You may be invited to contribute a guest post to the project blog

What’s in it for you?

  • Great networking opportunities with other like minded people and organisations
  • The chance to build adoption in your own community
  • An ambassador ‘toolkit’ containing slides, guides, posters and flyers
  • Face to face support from the THOR team
  • The thanks of your colleagues and collaborators
  • Updates on our progress and insight into our future plans
  • The satisfaction of making the world a better place
  • Kudos – you’ll be listed as an ambassador on the project website
  • Free pen*

How do you apply?

It couldn’t be easier. Simply fill out a short application form to let us know a little about you and agree to the ambassador policy. We’ll review the application and be in touch!

Apply now

*we don’t have pens

Our Ambassadors:

chris-baars Chris Baars, DANS, The Netherlands

Chris Baars is Information Systems Engineer at DANS in the Netherlands. DANS (Data Archiving and Networked Services) promotes sustainable access to digital research information.

janet Janet Delve, University of Brighton, UK

Professor Janet Delve (Ph.D. History of Mathematics, MSc Microwaves and Modern Optics, BSc Mathematics, BA French) is Professor of Digital Humanities in the School of Media in the College of Arts and Humanities and is a member of the Cultural Informatics Research Group (CIRG) at the University of Brighton. Professor Delve is the E-ARK Co-ordinator, and also contributes to the database archiving work in E-ARK, including OnLine Analytical Processing (OLAP), data mining and Big Data. She co-led the University of Portsmouth FP7-KEEP project team, undertaking the primary research and then developing the conceptual models behind the TOTEM technical registry and the media knowledge-base. Her research interests include database archiving, data modelling, database management, data warehousing and emulation.  She was Co PI for the JISC POCOS project on preserving complex digital objects such as 3D archaeological models, digital art and computer games. She is a member of the DPC Technology Watch Editorial Board, and was part of the PREMIS Environment Working Group. She is on the Technology Board of the UNESCO PERSIST project, and is a member of ICOMOS UK.

antonella Antonella Fresa, Promoter, Italy

Antonella is General Manager at Promoter Sr. Since 1994 she has been working on European cooperation projects in the domains of digital cultural heritage, smart cities, digital preservation, e-Infrastructures. She is member of the Programme Committee of international conferences on digital cultural heritage, among which Euromed Cyprus, DIPP Bulgaria, and the EGI Community Forum, member of the Europeana Task Force on Public-Private Partnerships (2012-2013), and leader of the IPR and Sustainability Work Package of Europeana Photography. She is Enterprise Fellow at Coventry University and Vice-president of Photoconsortium Internal Association. She is author of articles about access, use and re-use of digital cultural heritage, multilingual and geo-coded digital cultural content, digital preservation, citizen science in digital culture research, photographic heritage, and co-editor of the volume ‘Cultural Heritage in a Changing World’ published by Springer Open. Antonella Fresa also manages, the online communication platform powered by Promoter Srl telling stories about the encounter between digital technologies, arts and culture.

5754d406470f34b8d7285cd76387daf2 Jord Hanus, University of Antwerp, Belgium

Jord studied history and economics in Antwerp, Ghent, Leiden, Oxford & Paris, before obtaining a PhD in History in Antwerp in 2010. Since 2015, he heads the Research Affairs Office at the University of Antwerp. The tasks of the office include supporting the university’s Research Council and research fund, research quality assurance, institutional research, (research) data management and scientific integrity.

PHerterich_profile1 (1) Patricia Herterich, University of Birmingham, UK

Patricia Herterich is the Research Repository Advisor at the University of Birmingham Library and a PhD candidate at the Berlin School of Library and Information Science. As part of her role at the University of Birmingham, she provides training and advice on research data management and co-ordinates the development of institutional repository services. Before joining the University of Birmingham, she worked as a data librarian in CERN’s Scientific Information Service where she participated in the EC funded projects APARSEN, ODE, and ODIN, THOR’s predecessor project.

lucy Lucy Lambe, London School of Economics, UK

Lucy is a Scholarly Communications Officer at the London School of Economics. Based in the research support team, her role focusses on supporting researchers with scholarly publishing, including choosing where to publish, intellectual property and research identifiers including ORCID and DOI.

pic Anna Leida, Lund University, Sweden

Anna is a fresh scientist enjoying trans-disciplinary thinking between physics, data, art and biology. She completed her graduate studies in Technical Engineering and Biology in Lund, Sweden in 2007, and has since been working with software in research until she completed her PhD in Manchester, UK in 2016. Anna is interested in networking, science communication, coding and building things, politics, art, photography, outdoor activities and last but not least bee-keeping.

dave Dave Lyons, Edanz, Global

A trained librarian and self-taught coder, Dave Lyons is currently Data Integration Architect at scientific editing services provider Edanz, where he is lead developer on the Edanz Journal Selector:

eva Eva Méndez, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain

Eva is associate professor of the Library and Information Science Department, and Deputy Vice President for Strategy and Digital Education in the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid.

135f89cf-7efc-4454-9999-1ce395088221-1 Helen Morgan, University of Queensland, Australia 

Helen is Project Manager, Research Data Management Specialist at the University of Queensland Library. She joined the Library in 2012 as Manager, Research Data Collections, as part of the Scholarly Communication and Digitisation Services. Helen is currently managing a project which aims to deliver an integrated Data Management Planning system for the UQ research community. Previously Helen managed the Research Outputs and Impact Team, who produce strategic bibliometric reports, curate research data metadata records, contribute to building research support infrastructure around data and metrics, and provide specialist training for both researchers and librarians. Helen is particularly interested in strategic research impact and best practice research data management. Prior to her time at UQ Helen worked in clinical research, both for Queensland Health at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Brisbane and for Cancer Research UK Clinical Trials Unit, at the University of Birmingham in the UK.

fiona Fiona Murphy, UK

After completing a DPhil in English Literature, Fiona Murphy held a range of scholarly publishing roles with Oxford University Press, Bloomsbury Academic and Wiley. She is a past and current member of several research projects and she is Co-Chair of the WDS-RDA Publishing Data Workflows Working Group, and on the Organising Committee for the Force11 Scholarly Commons Working Group. An independent publishing consultant advising institutions, learned societies and commercial publishing companies, Fiona is an Associate Fellow at the Institute for Environmental Analytics (University of Reading) and has written and presented widely on data publishing, open data and open science.

 irina Irina Radchenko, ITMO University, Russia

Irina is an Associate Professor and a Research Fellow at ISST Labs, ITMO University, St.Petersburg. She is also a co-founder of ODI St.Petersburg and Chief Coordinator of Open Knowledge Russia. Her main professional interests are focusing on Open Data, Open Science, Data Science, intelligent systems development and all around it. In 2013 she and Anna Sakoyan initiated a joint project on Data Driven Journalism in Russian. At the moment she is supporting the implementation of University Linked Open Data platform into ITMO University (

john John Salter, University of Leeds, UK

John currently works at the University of Leeds developing the White Rose repositories, which run on the EPrints platform. He is engaged with the EPrints community and likes to share his knowledge of the software to help others.

stian Stian Soiland-Reyes, University of Manchester, UK

Stian is a Technical Architect and Research Associate at the eScience Lab at the School of Computer Science, University of Manchester. His expertise and research interests span software development and architecture, Linked Data, SOAP and REST Web Services, distributed computing, annotations, Open Science & Open Data, scientific computing, provenance and digital preservation, open source development and web standards. He has been active in a range of projects and developments, including Apache Taverna, Apache Commons RDF, Open PHACTS, Research Object, myExperimentPAV and W3C PROV-O. He is currently working as part of BioExcel Centre of Excellence with focus on scientific workflows for high-end computing in biomolecular research.

maurice Maurice Vanderfeesten, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Maurice is the  Innovation Manager for the Research Library at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU University Amsterdam). He worked at SURF and TU Delft on Data and Scholarly Information infrastructures, and in advisory commissions for Knowledge Exchange and IETF.